Dear Caritas Family,
Good afternoon from Intramuros!
As we continue to follow closely the events in Marawi, through NASSA/Caritas Philippines’ Surge Team, please know that today we have officially launched our online appeal for support for the affected families of the Marawi siege.
As per reports from the dioceses:
1. Lock down has been observed in Marawi City, no vehicles are allowed to travel which posed difficulty in transporting aid to evacuation centers
2. DSACs now have mobilized volunteers to do aid packing of relief goods and conduct of initial assessments
(DSAC Iligan staff and volunteers packing of relief goods in Maria Cristina Gymnasium, Fuentes, Illigan City)
Earlier this morning, representative from another partner has requested for the national Caritas’ assistance in tracing hostages from a school torched by Maute group. The national Caritas referred the matter to local authorities for appropriate interventions.
Meanwhile, reports from the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Humanitarian Emergency Action Response Team (HEART) states that:
1. At least 28,619 individuals are now in evacuation centers
2. 11,540 individuals are considered as home-based internally displaced persons (IDPs)
3. 3,157 individuals are reportedly stranded in 52 barangays in Lanao del Sur
4. The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) already has recorded 60,000 IDPs, and distributed 20,000 food packs, 3,000 malong (tube skirts), 20 rolls of laminated sacks and 1,000 packs of plastic mats, water and biscuits
Below are the photo taken in Marawi City yesterday: 1st and 2nd photos (fire in Banggolo beside Agus 1 initiated by the Maute group), and 3rd (Vehicle loaded with the bodies of alleged victims killed during the siege).
NASSA/Caritas Philippines maintains close coordination with CRS which will be joining the national office’ assessment team this week. It must also be noted that the national Solidarity Appeal has already been launched to the Philippine dioceses to propel resource mobilization for the affected families. Caritas Manila likewise have provided relief packs and cash assistance through Mindanao dioceses. A high possibility of launching an emergency appeal is also foreseen.
On behalf of Fr. Edwin A. Gariguez, we shall continue to provide the confederation with updates as it will become available. Again, thank you very much for your continued prayer and support.
JING REY HENDERSON
Communications, Partnerships and Programme Development Coordinator
Communications, Partnerships and Programme Development Unit